News in Brief

NASA Helps Launch Data Science Grad Program

May 23, 2016 |

Another U.S. university is adding a data science specialization to its curriculum, this one as part of an online Masters of Science degree in engineering. The University of California at Riverside said the data science track was developed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) science staff. The partners said the data science program is aimed at engineers, scientists along with medical and social media professionals seeking to expand their training in data mining, data visualization, machine learning and Read more…

ThoughtSpot, Search Analytics Startup, Raises $50M

May 19, 2016 |

Citing the growing need for speed in accessing data for business intelligence applications, search-driven analytics specialist ThoughtSpot said it has more than doubled its equity investment total with the closing this week of a $50 million funding round. ThoughtSpot said Thursday (May 19) lead investor General Catalyst Partners was joined by Geodesic Capital. Existing investors include Lightspeed Ventures and Khosla Ventures. The startup based in Palo Alto, Calif., has so far raised more than $90 million. The company’s cofounders have Read more…

Data Literacy Campaign Takes Long View

May 18, 2016 |

Among the growing number of initiatives designed to fill the data science skills gap is a “data literacy” campaign designed to emphasize analytical skills as early as elementary school. These grass-roots efforts aim to develop the next generation of data scientists much as STEM curricula seeks to train future engineers. Educators and data analysts met recently during a workshop at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., to explore the nature of data literacy and how analytical thinking can Read more…

Skills Gap Also Includes ‘Failure to Communicate’

May 17, 2016 |

The data science skills gap continues to widen, with emerging automation tools like machine learning only just now starting to take up some of the slack. PayScale, the online salary database, released a report Tuesday (May 17) on the state of the “skills economy” that ranks data analytics, programming and cloud computing skills among the most sought-after by U.S. employers. Nevertheless, the skills survey also highlights a continuing lack of writing and other communications skills among recent college graduate along Read more…

DDN Flashes New All-flash Arrays for Enterprise Use Cases at Scale

May 17, 2016 |

DDN, a high-end storage standard bearer, this morning joined the ranks of storage vendors offering new all-flash technology with the launch of Flashscale, a family of all-flash, scale-out and scale-up products designed for read, write and mixed workloads for enterprise data analytics, web scale cloud and HPC environments. Available in August, the SFA14KXi (the first model number within the Flashscale family) is targeted at organizations demanding storage platforms that deliver high performance capacity and latency across massive stores of data Read more…

Big Data Career Notes

May 16, 2016 |

In our new monthly feature, we’ll be keeping you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the big data community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself! Victor Lund Victor Lund has been elected President and CEO of Teradata. He is taking over for Mike Koehler who stepped down Read more…

Big Data Deals Sustain Tech M&A Activity

May 16, 2016 |

Big data analytics drove an estimated 70 percent of merger and acquisition activity during the first quarter of 2016, according to a new survey. EY (formerly Ernst & Young) also reported last week that technology sector deal making “stabilized” during the first three months of this year following the M&A boom of 2015. New York-based EY said Chinese companies were the biggest spenders from January to the end of March with 34 deals, doubling the volume from a year ago Read more…

An Open Source Tour de Force at Apache: Big Data 2016

May 11, 2016 |

There’s no question about it: open source drives big data. Some may forget how the big data software we use or write about every day actually gets made. But here at the Apache: Big Data North America conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, the well of innovation that is the open source community is on full display. Open source software is fundamental to big data, says Roman Shaposhnik, who runs the Apache Incubator project for the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the Read more…

Zillow Eschews Open Source for Proprietary Splunk

May 10, 2016 |

As homeowners and realtors track the dynamic U.S. housing market, platforms like the online real estate database Zillow are seeing surges in traffic as buyers and sellers keep tabs on which properties are moving and when a seller might be ready to drop the asking price. To keep up with demand for its services and gauge customer preferences, Zillow Group Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) said this week it is standardizing on Splunk Inc.’s real-time “operational intelligence” platform. Seattle-based Zillow said the Read more…

DataRobot Looks to Cut Data Science Backlog

May 9, 2016 |

The data science automation specialist DataRobot Inc. is gaining traction in the big data market for its machine-learning application as new investors like Intel Capital fund its expanding operations. Boston-based DataRobot has so far raised more than $57 million in four equity investment rounds, including a $33 million funding round completed in February. Along with Intel Capital, Recruit Strategic Partners joined the startup’s fourth funding round as new investors. The company’s machine-learning platform runs either on top of Hadoop as Read more…